Sunday, 27 March 2011

Newport environs

 I started off this morning at Gayhurst Quarry. ( The fact that I haven't reported from here recently isn't due to a lack of visits, but down to there being little change in what's been present )
 Chiffchaffs seem to have arrived in force, with at least a dozen around the site. On Fishing Pit there are still over a hundred Wigeon present along with about 8 Teal and a pair of Gadwall. Mallards and Tufted Ducks are still quite numerous and there must be about 8 pairs of Great-crested Grebe.
 The regular pair of Oystercatchers were on Motorway Pit and an additional 3 flew over towards Linford. It was here that I spotted my first Swallow of the year - amazingly I've yet to see any Sand Martins yet !

 At Quarryhall 5 or 6 pairs of Lapwings were doing their superb display flights - just love the whistling calls they make !!, a few Skylarks were in full song and a couple of Meadow Pipits flew over. I could hear Tree Sparrows chatting away in the bushes, but only managed to spot one of them, 4 Red-legged Partridges were seen as well as a few Reed Buntings.

On the way home I decided to take a look in at the Willen Road Gravel Pits. This site looks superb for waders and it was no surprise to see 3 Little Ringed Plovers here chasing each other around, also 4 Lapwings and 4 Teal and a flyover Buzzard.

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